Website review by James Denby, Common Sense Education | Updated December 2019

Educandy

Basic game creation tool for vocabulary practice and review

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1–6
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, English-Language Learning

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Pros: Super easy to create and share games; young learners will find games more fun than flash cards.

Cons: Only suited to basic knowledge and vocabulary review.

Bottom Line: If you want to create simple review games, it doesn't get any easier than Educandy.

If you have vocabulary or basic facts that students need extra practice learning, consider using Educandy to create simple games for review. For language learning, it's a perfect way to practice new words. In social studies or science, you can have students review facts and/or match key figures with important events. 

In most cases, Educandy is best used as a free-time activity or for home practice, since you'll want to preserve class time for exploration of deeper concepts and development of higher-level thinking skills. If students create their own accounts, they could easily create the games for themselves or for younger peers, though you'll need to consider student privacy. 

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Educandy is a website that allows teachers to quickly and easily build simple games for students to practice vocabulary and answer basic questions about content. The site offers eight types of games ranging from crossword puzzles to multiple-choice quizzes. Teachers can manually enter word lists (or similar straightforward content) or upload data files to make games. Once the basic data is in, creating games takes no time at all, and the games can then be shared with students by a link to be played on any device or embedded into websites. Educandy offers apps for iOS, Android, and Microsoft for play on mobile devices as well. 

Educandy isn't designed for exploring big concepts or refining analytical skills, but the games are entertaining to young students who need to practice basic facts or vocabulary. Think of Educandy as flash cards (like Anki or Quizlet) but in a more entertaining and engaging format for elementary-age students. Because it's so easy to create games, if teachers have students who would benefit from the review of key facts and/or vocabulary, they can't go wrong using Educandy. 

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Engagement

Students find Educandy games fun and easy to use. The games make practicing basics entertaining. 

Pedagogy

The platform isn't meant for creating innovative teaching tools -- just straightforward learning games for recalling basic facts.

Support

Educandy is incredibly easy to use; they've made creating, sharing, and using games from the site very simple. 


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Prático, rápido e eficiente! ADOREI
Adorei, usei em todos os níveis, desde a educação infantil até o 5º ano. Eles gostaram da interface, acharam criativo e divertido.
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